Wild orchids, butterflies, dragonflies, birds and mammals.
Sea, forest and history have formed us what we are: hardworking, smart, welcoming
It’s our way to live modern life in the rhythm of nature
There are not too many places in Estonia where you can see grey seals in nature.
The trip begins in the visitor center of Vilsandi National Park, where you will receive an introduction to the topic.
The family of orchids with its 20–35 thousand different species is one of the richest in the world. 36 of them have adapted to grow in Estonia and in the spring and summer, the meadows and grasslands of Saaremaa are filled with orchids.
One fact that clearly speaks for the valuable nature of Estonia is that a quarter of Estonia’s territory is designated as a nature reserve. Our trip takes you to four Estonian national parks that represent the diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna.
The base of Saaremaa is formed by Silurian limestone cliff full of fossils and other traces of the development of the Earth. There are plenty of small picturesque opened cliffs to discover.
Vilsandi island off the western coats of Saaremaa is one of the most favorite destinations for the nature lovers visiting Saaremaa island. The cradle of Baltic nature protection (1910) still attracts visitors with its natural life style and unique species of birds and plants. Plus fossil corals. Reserve a day for this unforgettable experience.
You follow old village roads to the Harilaid peninsula before grabbing our backpacks and setting out on our journey. You pass through untouched nature and coastal habitats on you way to Kiipsaare lighthouse.
Our multilingual (nature) guides compose the tours according to the interests and preferences and time limit of the customer and depending on the season.
We can walk you though our forests, meadows, bogs and sea of Saaremaa island in daytime or at night. Just let us know!
Our guide Maarika Naagel coined a phrase early on in our journey. She told us we would meet many “positive crazy people” on our Estonian adventure. Maarika is perhaps the most positive of our crazy people, she has endless energy and enthusiasm for sharing Saaremaa.
It was a great course, thank you so much. You really are a national treasure!
I am not sure what I was expecting when I signed up for this trip to Estonia. Perhaps a cultural change and a look at a better way of doing things. What I got was much more than this. The trip was packed – full of experiences from gutting fish to making a ring out of a shell case from world war II. I wish to cover
You wild and wonderful woman!
What fun it was to spend time with you these past two days. Thank you for being such an enthusiastic and passionate host(ess). You are such a delight to have as a docent of Estonia.
May 31, 2017
She’s made a positive difference to so many people and Her use of words like ‘emotions’, ‘nature’ and ‘beauty’ kept reappearing and a clear sense of her (and general Estonian) priorities became clear, simplicity, folklore, using natural resources well, returning to nature and celebrating history and heritage. “What a beauty!”
May 29, 2017
It really was a fantastic programme you put together for the summer and I loved spending time with you in Estonia. I tell everyone about the amazing time that I had and that I’ve every intention of bringing my family over soon as I know they would also love it. We must keep the links open between our countries.
This study trip exceeded expectations with a great group of heritage sector colleagues, I believe we learned more about Estonian cultural heritage than any of us ever expected to. Hopefully this report encapsulates just some of the joy had on this learning journey. As for our host Maarika, Eesti oli imeline – head aega ja tänan teid väga (Estonia is wonderful, good bye and thank you).
A huge thank you to our wonderful host and guide for the trip, Maarika Naagel. For me, Maarika embodies everything that is good about Estonia; her energy, enthusiasm and passion for her country is in abundance and made the trip extra special – we couldn’t have wished for a better guide to show us this beautiful country. Thank you Maarika.
Our guide Maarika organised an amazing range of experiences for us. A key aspect of our visit for me was having the opportunity to try various activities from making jewellery from gun ammunition cases to carving a butter knife from local juniper wood. I would also like to thank Maarika of Heritage Tours for her boundless energy, enthusiasm and organising skills in keeping us together and arranging so many activities and introductions to so many inspiring Estonian women.
Discoverer and describer of endemic orchid Dactylorhiza osiliensis.
Author of the book Eesti Orhideed (Estonian Orchids) 2013
Triin has a PhD degree in ecological studies from Lund University, Sweden and she works for Tallinn University of Technology , School of Science, Department of Geology, as a Senior Researcher. Triin has lived all her life in Saaremaa knowing the area well. She has three sons, wonderful personality and good sense of humour.
Mari has a PhD degree from the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, Tartu University. She is keen and highly knowledgeable on nature and wildlife. Mari also carries on the local traditional lifestyle and folklore, running several folklore groups. She has four children and a farm to run.
Oliver has an MSc in plant ecology from the University of Tartu, Faculty of Biology and Geography, Institute of Botany and Ecology. Freelance biologist. Oliver is also interested in arts: he is a musician, song writer, loves forest and nature, is keen on all plants, esp, wild orchids.
He is a real country man – has and loves children, drives a tractor, runs a folklore group and a farm.